Tagged with "Lions"
Deep Thoughts 12-31-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Closure for dad Dallas Cowboys Detroit Lions NFL playoffs Texas Longhorns struggle

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and have big plans to celebrate the New Year. 2014 was certainly a year of change for me and will be a year that I will never forget. I have been writing blogs about sports for many years now. I consider the writing that I do to be a hobby and generally something I do for fun. With the passing of my dad before Christmas, I volunteered to write and provide the eulogy for my father. As the Memorial service was delayed until December 29th, I had 10 days to work on the eulogy. In truth, I had been thinking of the words I wanted to write for several weeks. Many have told me that they could never have done the eulogy for their father, but as the oldest…I felt it was my responsibility. I must admit that I have never written something that was so important to me. I was saying good bye and thank you to dad for all of the family.


I almost made it through the eulogy without breaking down….almost. But, for the most part I was able to communicate the words that I felt were so important. What I discovered from the experience is that writing about my dad helped ease the pain of his loss. It reminded me how lucky we are to have a place like You Gab Sports that allows us a chance to verbalize the things that frustrate or make us happy. There is no question that writing is cathartic…or at least it is for me. I write these words today as a way to put closure to my dad’s passing. Although, he will never be far from my thoughts, I will move forward to other thoughts when I write here. Thanks to each of you for your patience and your support as I wrote each week about my dad’s illness. My family received a letter from a former student of my dad’s that I wanted to share. Here it is: 

 

Dear Family and Friends of Mr. Dick Thomas,

My name is Sam McCuskey (III). I received drum lessons from Mr. Thomas beginning in 1964, in Killeen, Texas. Through the course of the drum lessons not only did I become a far better percussionist but I also got to know Mr. Thomas and what I learned from him made a very positive difference in my life.

I should explain how we met because everything about my relationship with Mr. Thomas was special. I had always wanted to play drums. I was born on 443 Cedar Street in Morgantown, West Virginia, in 1953. My earliest memories are of hearing the drum cadences from the local high school as the marching band practiced. I loved just sitting on the front porch and listening to the drums. You could hear the drums for miles away; sometimes you could even hear the band practicing.

My father was in the military and in 1961 we were stationed at Ft. Hood. Percussion was not offered in elementary school band, so I signed up for one of the free school instruments, the French horn. Though I enjoyed music, I really wanted to play a percussion instrument.

In 1964, I was out in the fields southwest of our house playing with our family’s German shepherd. She loved to go for walks in the fields and chase the rabbits. Usually she would chase the rabbits for a short distance and then give up, but on this day, she just kept digging up this rabbit hole. I went over to see what all the excitement was about and discovered a couple grocery bags in the hole. When I pulled the bags out of the hole and opened them, I discovered some beautiful trumpets.

We turned the trumpets into the local school band director and learned that the trumpets were custom trumpets that belonged to a jazz band that had played in the area. The trumpets had been stolen and apparently hidden until the "heat" cooled off. I was offered the cash reward for finding the stolen trumpets but my parents said it would not be right for me to accept a reward for just doing the right thing. The elementary band director suggested that he could arrange some French horn lessons, I certainly needed them. I said that I was planning on learning how to play drums in junior high school. The next thing I knew, Mr. Thomas was standing there saying that he would be very happy to give me private drum lessons for the next year. And so it started.

The year went by very quickly. I loved taking drum lessons from Mr. Thomas. He was full of understanding, patience and encouragement. He was a natural mentor. He knew just how high to set the bar so that I would practice hard during the week but not get discouraged if I wasn’t quite accomplishing everything I was expected to learn in one week. The best part of every lesson was when Mr. Thomas would demonstrate on the snare drum or on the trap set. I

loved hearing him play. He was so precise and you could tell he really loved playing the drums, even the simplest rudiments sounded like an orchestra when Mr. Thomas played them.

Mr. Thomas taught me the snare drum solo to "The Little Drummer Boy." I played it on the radio during the Christmas season. Mr. Thomas insisted on perfection when it came to solos and I was eager to do my very best. I received a lot of compliments on the solo. To this day, I expect drummers to really execute the solo at a high level because it is an honor to be asked to play the solo. I was at a recent Christmas performance at the California Center for the Performing Arts (one of my construction management projects, 1990 – 1995) when I heard the solo played. My wife saw me cringing in my seat. I couldn’t believe how poorly the solo was performed. Out of time with the rest of the musicians and choir, poor crescendos, inaccurate five stroke and seven stroke rolls etc. Then I realized how fortunate I was to have Mr. Thomas as a teacher. If it had not been for his instruction, I would not have known how to interpret the drum music or how to play the solo to its fullest potential.

We couldn’t afford private lessons the following year and Mr. Thomas offered to give me free lessons. My parents said it would not be proper to take advantage of Mr. Thomas’s kindness. Mr. Thomas said he could use some help mowing his grass, so we worked out a great deal. I mowed Mr. Thomas’s yard and received a free drum lesson in exchange. Mr. Thomas was my first "customer," and just like the French horn and the drums, I had a lot to learn. He was a patient teacher showing me what was expected when you were a "professional" mowing someone’s lawn versus mowing your family’s yard. Based on what Mr. Thomas taught me regarding lawn maintenance, I was able to get referrals and made pretty good money mowing lawns through junior high school and most of high school.

We were stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. In ninth grade I competed in state completion and received an Honor Rating 2. As a sophomore, my snare drum solo earned an Honor Rating 1 in State competition. From Missouri, we moved to West Berlin, West Germany. I auditioned and was accepted at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik where I studied tympanies under Professor Limbens, first chair at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. I was first chair percussionist at Berlin American High School where I also competed in percussion competitions in Europe.

My SAT scores and ACT scores were not high enough to get me into most accredited four year colleges but my music background and credentials allowed the University of Maryland to accept me as a Music major. After completing two years as a music major, I injured both thumbs during the summer break. My future as a percussionist seemed highly questionable. I returned to the University of Maryland and requested to change to the engineering school. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

In retrospect, if it had not been for Mr. Thomas’s patience and kindness, I probably would not have been able to go to college and my life would be quite different now. My son, Sam, took

drum lessons on the same 1964 Roger’s drum set that Mr. Thomas picked out for me. And although I am no longer performing, my music background helped qualify me as the Project Director for the California Center for the Arts, where I managed the design and construction of the performing arts center.

I have often thought that Mr. Thomas was in some ways like the character "George Bailey," played by James Stewart in the classic movie "It’s a Wonderful Life." I don’t think Mr. Thomas could possibly realize what a wonderful influence he had on so many lives.

God Bless Mr. Thomas and his family and loved ones,

Sincerely,

Samuel R. McCuskey III, PE, MBA, LEED AP

 

 


 

 

 

With the end of the NFL regular season, all attention now shifts to the playoffs. As a Cowboy fan, I am a bit surprised that I still have a dog in the fight. Honestly, I am stunned that Dallas posted a record of 12 and 4 and should have been 13 and 3. After years of being a talented team that underachieved…Dallas was predicted by everyone to be less than mediocre this year. While I am happy that we were all wrong, I am left wondering…what caused the turnaround?  Could it be that a strong offensive line is enough of a difference to turn the team’s fortunes around? Was the change in philosophy to move to a more run oriented offense the reason? It is no secret that the difference between success and failure in the NFL is a very thin line. Teams watching the playoffs always take note of what those in the playoffs are doing to make the cut. In recent years, the game in the NFL has moved to primarily a passing league. It will be interesting to see if other teams attempt to copy the blueprint that has made Dallas successful this year.

 

Thirteen running backs gained 1000 yards or more in the 2014 regular season. Of those, 6 will be playing in the playoffs this year. Eleven QBs threw for at least 4000 yards and of those, 6 will be playing in the playoffs. The interesting thing that I see in these numbers is that only two teams have a player on both lists…Pittsburgh with Roethisberger/Bell and Green Bay with Rodgers and and Lacy. The other thing that I found interesting is that New England barely had one player on the list. Brady squeaked in, ranked as the 10th ranked QB ranked by yardage. I am hoping that the old adage about defense winning championships is wrong this year. As fan of the Cowboys, the defense is a no name group. Can the physical running game continue to hide the weakness on the Dallas defense? The question I ask is can you win without a dominant defense...Or is it possible that it just depends on the team? Truthfully, I don’t know but I promise that all eyes will be watching to see what pushes the winner over the top.

 

I know that many fans will be complaining that Suh’s suspension has been overturned. I don’t know if it is wrong or right…but as a Cowboy fan, I am happy that Dallas will be facing Detroit with all of their weapons. I hate that a team is punished for the stupidity of one player. Call me crazy, but if you are going to be the best, you have to play the best. This weekend will be a great weekend of football. Pull up a chair and enjoy a full weekend of football!

 

 

 

                                                                                      Boy did they ever...

 

Texas was scheduled to play Arkansas in the Texas bowl, but only the Razorbacks showed up for the game. It is frequently said that the extra practices that teams playing in bowl games are allowed provide a huge benefit. It did not appear that Texas received any practice time at all. How can you explain 59 yards of offense? I understand that Arkansas is a solid team that has improved tremendously as the season went along. But…59 yards? I have said all year that Tyrone Swoopes is not the answer at QB for Texas. This loss was an embarrassment of epic proportions. Quandre Diggs said after the game that there are more players in the Texas locker room that need to go. Losing a game in this manner demonstrates that what Diggs said is true. The Texas defense has played well this year for the most part until the Arkansas game. Texas was outplayed and outcoached at every turn. This loss will leave a great stain that will be very difficult for Charlie Strong to remove. Strong better dig deep to find another QB or he will be soon find the same door that Mack Brown was shown last year. You simply cannot win games in big time college football without a QB.

 

 


 

 

I ran across Scott Jax’s blog detailing the medical problems that his mother and wife and his wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you Scott. I know that all of us at the Gab wish your family a quick recovery.

 

I wish each of you a very happy and safe New Year. For those of you celebrating later today...be careful out there!

 

That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

 

I'd like to see a nature film where an eagle swoops down and pulls a fish out of a lake, and then maybe he's flying along, low to the ground, and the fish pulls a worm out of the ground. Now that's a documentary!

The old pool shooter had won many a game in his life. But now it was time to hang up the cue. When he did, all the other cues came crashing to the floor. "Sorry," he said with a smile.

 

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…

 

 

 

Monday Moaning... with IHM!
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Lions Packers Browns Playoffs Harbaugh Michigan

  Well folks, this isn’t what you expected to see this Monday morning, was it? This is your old pal IHM, filling in for another old pal The Beezer for the week!

  Another big Sunday in the world of sports… with three division titles on the line including the AFC North, NFC North, and NFC South. Of course, yours truly was most interested in the NFC North title bout… because the Lions were actually a legitimate threat to beat the Packers in Green Bay for the first time since 1991! Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the Lions coronation as NFC North champs… the Green Bay Packers put a sound beating on them that probably would have been worse if Rodgers hadn’t gone out for a chunk of the game! The final score wasn’t all that bad… 30-20 Packer win, but it wasn’t indicative of how this game went.

  The Lions offense was awful… which is pretty much par for the course this season… Stafford was 20/41 for just 217 yards and 3 TDs. No turnovers, but no huge plays and they struggled moving the ball the majority of the game. By comparison… Rodgers was 17/22 for 226 yards, 2 TDs and 0 picks. You want to know the difference in this game… it was all about the quarterbacks! Stafford once again was a dud and dropped to 0-16 career against teams with winning records in an outdoor stadium, and Rodgers was a stud despite the injuries. One can’t help but think a healthy Rodgers would have had this thing over with by halftime!

  But despite the lack of performance out of Stafford, the Lions defense once again kept them in the ballgame. Down 21-14 in the 3rd quarter, the Lions blocked a field goal attempt and set the offense up at the 40. Turning point of the game, right? Wrong… the VERY NEXT PLAY Stafford botched a handoff to Joique Bell, the Packers recovered, and drove to take a commanding 28-14 lead. A Stafford safety and a garbage time TD later, we had a 30-20 loss, a 23rd straight in Green Bay, and a date next Sunday with the Dallas Cowboys at Jerryworld!

  The good news; the Cowboys struggled at home this year, going 8-0 on the road and 4-4 at home this season! So hopefully that means the Lions have a legit chance at winning a playoff game and breaking at least one 23 year drought this season. But this Cowboys team seems to have something that they haven’t had in recent years… Romo has been money down the stretch instead of choking December away. The way he has played put his name squarely into the MVP race. This is no sure thing, but playing in Dallas might actually end up being a good thing!

  The biggest question is what will happen with Ndamukong Suh… who stepped on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers twice while Rodgers lay on the ground. It wasn’t a stomp, as Suh did to Packers G Evan Deitrich-Smith a few years back on Thanksgiving day… but the second step was on purpose for sure! Lions C Dominick Raolia missed yesterday’s game because the idiot stomped on a Bears player while he was on the ground. Could Suh miss the most important game the Lions have played in over two decades? It would be a major blow to our chances of beating Dallas… but I personally think he deserves it… one game if not more. What better way to teach this fool a lesson then to have him miss the playoff game he’s wanted so badly for three years now?

  As for Lions fans out there (including a number of my Facebook friends) who want to blame the referees for the team’s loss… please do me a solid and shut the fuck up! The refs had a lot less to do with the loss than your mediocre quarterback. Putting up stupid internet memes about it makes you no better than the idiots who still protest what happened in Ferguson, MO. I swear… I’m just going to quit Facebook one of these days… too many stupid people… too much of a headache. That, or maybe it’s time to take an axe to the ol’ friend’s list!

  As for the rest of the league… the Panthers stomped the Falcons to win the NFC South with a record of 7-8-1. As I write this, the Steelers lead the Bengals 27-17 with just over two minutes left in the game… so I’ll just call that a Steelers win! The Ravens clinched a playoff spot with a 20-10 win over the Connor Shaw led Cleveland Browns, eliminating the Chiefs, Chargers, and Texans from contention for the final AFC playoff spot.

  As for the Browns, they weren’t just missing Brian Hoyer/Johnny Manziel… they were also missing their #1 receiver Josh Gordon… who was suspended for missing a team walk through. Now the rumor is that he missed the walkthrough because he spent the night before partying with Johnny Manziel and other varied teammates… including rookie CB Justin Gilbert, who was also deactivated for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Looks like Johnny Football’s off the field garbage has finally caught up to him… the question is, do the Browns give him a chance to get his shit together, or is this the final straw with this tool?

  The 49ers won their season finale over the playoff-bound Cardinals 20-17… and evidently sent coach Jim Harbaugh out a winner. Harbaugh is reportedly en route to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to accept the head coaching position at his alma matter, the University of Michigan. Rejoice Walmart Wolverines… your next savior is here… and he’s  a “Michigan Man”… just like you tools love to say. Best of luck to Harbaugh… he’s going to need it.

  That’s all I’ve got for today folks. Thanks as always for reading, and for any comments you leave on the way out. Enjoy your Monday Gabbers!

For Once a Meaningful Sunday in Detroit 12/27
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Lions Packers NFL

Now that the dust has cleared from another Christmas at Storminnorman's house, and Noah is busy at the moment playing on his XBox 360, we finally have a meaningful game to talk about in Detroit. Even though the game is being played in Green Bay, and the last time the Lions won in Green Bay, my daughter Courtney wasn't even born yet, and she will be 22 in May.....

Since the last time the Lions actually played a meaningful game in Green Bay, they were actually playing in Tiger Stadium, black and white pictures fit the scenario, it has been that long ago......

Erik Kramer was the last Lions quarterback to actually win a game in Green Bay, but that was 1991, the year before Brett Favre became the Packer's quarterback....

Here is the tale of the tape from the 23 game losing streak at Lambeau Field that I found rather interesting...

  • The Lions have started 13 quarterbacks and played 15, while the Packers have only started 3.
  • Brett Favre was 17-0 at Lambeau Field, interesting because one time I went to the Silverdome to see the Lions and Packers play, he looked like a meer-mortal at best.......
  • 13 of 26 games that have been played, have been played in either December or January, not exactly ideal weather for an indoor team or in fact any team who would have to come play there.
  • The last two times the Lions won in Green Bay (1990 and 1991), both games were played in December, so it shows you anything is possible........

​I will leave you with this about the Lions-Packers game, anything is possible. The Lions defense is much improved even over last season, leading me to believe that the key to their success is stopping Eddie Lacey and forcing Aaron Rodgers to beat them. This will make the game even more interesting, because when the Lions have made a team one dimensional, depending on the pass they have had great success.....

The other thing I found interesting today, was if the Lions defeat the Packers on Sunday are 12-4, Jim Caldwell will be the most successful head coach in Lions history. That's pretty scarey, considering how long they have been playing football in Detroit, and that it's only his first season. 

If you want to read more about the preview http://www.mlive.com/sports is where I found these articles

And oh by the way, this is a shout out to a co-worker of mine Justin who is a traitor at best, a Packer fan. When the dust settles bro, and your Packers are resigned to the 6th seed, I will not say I told you so, but like in Buffalo, I told you so. All good things come to an end bro, and on Sunday your streak is over, face it bro, over.....

 

Come on Dave, if you really don't have any intentions on re-signing Max, then what the heck why not offer "Big Game" James a contract and reunite him with David Price, even if it's only for one-year. Hell at least he can't beat you this way, because he's on your team.....

I am glad they finally moved Josh Smith, even though he wasn't entirely the blame for the Pistons being 5-23, this team is bloody awful as my grandfather would say. There is a lot more house cleaning needed in Detroit, not saying "Moose" has to go, maybe Stan needs to purdge the rest of Joe Dumar's demons in order for this team to get on the right track. Who's to say that Jennings or Monroe may not be traded this season before the trade deadline?

If it hasn't been mentioned this team would be in last place without his leadership, proof positive was last year when he spent most of the season injured. His injuries last season, may have developed Sheahan, Tatar and Jurco to name a few, but another interesting thing is their playoff streak started the last year the Lions beat the Packers.......

Well I guess no matter what the result on Sunday, at least IHM, AFD, myself and my dad will finally get to see the Lions play a meaningful game.....

Hey don't forget to turn to my right, and have a cup of coffee with "The Hoov," he always has an interesting take. Happy New Year's everyone, and be safe.......

 

 

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 10/3
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB Royals Tigers NHL Red Wings NFL Lions

 

Hello Gabbers, and welcome to another weekly installment of Storminnorman's Sports Blog. Let me start by saying it was a crazy week in both College Football and Major League Baseball, with heavy favorites such as Alabama, Texas A & M, Tigers and Angels all falling in their respective games and series.

Seriously folks outside of Baltimore and Kansas City, who would have thought these two teams would be meeting for the to face the National League in the World Series? Honestly, the Tigers didn't deserve to win their series, their bully basically choked and was pitching batting practice to the Orioles hitters. Dombrowski made a pretty good move by acquiring Soria, but for some reason it just didn't work in this series.

I made the comment to a few of my friends at work after the series was over, and I mentioned to one of them how poorly Brad Ausmus managed Game 1 and 2. His moves during those two games reminded me of Jim Leyland, he pulled Scherzer after 98 pitches and the bully proceeded to give up 8. Verlander being pulled in the 6th was okay, because he was getting his ass rocked that day and didn't seem like himself. Ausmus went to the well once to often with Soria, Chamberlain and Choke-Zero, and he got burned. Maybe Dombrowski will get the hint this offseason, and sign a few free agent relief pitchers.....

But let's give the Royals and Orioles their dues, they outplayed and outpitched the Tigers and Angels during their series, and deserve to be playing each other in the ALCS. Good luck to both teams, it should be an interesting series.

In the National League, I really thought the Dodgers and Nationals had a legitimate chance of facing each other in the NLCS. Great pitching, great hitters and poof just like that the Cardinals and Giants disposed of them like we do our trash on a weekly basis. Hell if hadn't been of ex-Tiger Doug Fister and Ryu, both teams would have been swept. Who would have thought Kershaw would have blown up twice in the same series? Bet you Dombrowski is kicking himself for trading Fister, the Tigers sure could have used him this year....

Thursday night begins another season for the Detroit Red Wings, as they face off against Sully's Bruins. With the apparent youth movement in Detroit (mostly because Mr. I is spending it on the Tigers), this year could be the year the streak finally ends. I would like to see it continue, but they will be leaning on a Sheehan, Tatar, Nyquist and others to move the streak to 24. With Datsuyk starting out injured, even though he should be back really soon. The first few weeks will be rather interesting to say the least.....

I would have loved to have said something good about the Lions this week, but after Henery looking like Nate Freese last week missing 3 field goals which cost them the game, and the Lions playing to the Bills level, loving that Lions defense still. I have been considering playing Teddy Bridgewater this week......

How can a team look like Super Bowl contenders one week, and then revert back to themselves the next? Oh wait, I am talking about the Lions. Couldn't score another touchdown, and looked like a really bad high school team offensively. Oh wait, I am talking about the Lions. I guess you get were I am going with this........

Well that's all I have for the week, don't forget to turn left and give a shout out to Hal....

 

 

 

 

 

I Guess Frags was Right........
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Pineda Pine Tar MLB Lions NFL

I remember the first time the Yanks-Red Sox faced off on a Thursday night, Frag's came on Facebook with a picture of Pineda having some type of substance on his hand which had everyone livid in the booth and around MLB. Guess he was right, Pineda was cheating. Since I normally give everyone the benefit of the doubt, I was giving Pineda a second chance to see if he was playing by the rules. I don't know if many of you remember, Gaylord Perry used Vaseline under the bill of his cap for his spitter, until he caught. Was it Phil or Joe Niekro that got caught with a fingernail file inside their glove? 10 games kind of fits the crime, but the pine tar kind of explains the 1.00 era. Nice call Frags, you do have an eagle eye. Not taking Pineda's side, but it makes sense to use a substance that blends in with the color of your skin and pine tar worked for him up until last night.

So taking this into consideration, every pitcher or player in all sports try to gain an advantage over their opponent in some sort of way. The difference is, Pineda got caught because they were watching him after his previous start versus the Red Sox. He was an absolute fool to think he was going to get away with it a second time, the umpires watch MLB Network and ESPN, and if Pineda missed that, then he deserved to be suspended....

I want to tip my hat to Sully's B's, as they are playing the perfect series against the Red Wings. I know that the series is just in game 4, but if I was Ken Holland, I would consider finding some bigger players over the summer months through free agency, that can go into the corners and bang with the larger teams in the Eastern Conference. If they somehow survive this series and move on, my theory will come into play even more. It would only make sense to change the style of play to fit your conference, the Euro-Style worked for a long time in the Western Conference until the teams got bigger. As they have gotten younger, the players on their team might be faster, but a few good body checks in the corners seem to be taking the steam out of their legs against the Bruins.

I was absolutely amazed in how fast Montreal eliminated Tampa Bay in their series, even with the games being as close as they were, who would have thought it would have only taken 4 games....

I have not got to watch much of the Rangers-Flyers series (sorry Beeze), because it has been shown on MSNBC instead of the regular networks for whatever reason. I know in the brief period of time that I have been able to, the Rangers look good for a moment or two and then seem to self-destruct for a few, and then find a way to win.

I have been able to watch a little of the Blues-Blackhawks series, and all I have to say is that no matter what Brent Seabrook had to say about his hit on David Backus, it was a dirty cheap shot on a defenseless player in the corner. He took out the Blackhawks main nemesis, and deserved his 3 game suspension.

I will admit that I have not watched much of the Dallas-Anaheim or Avalanche-Wild series, not because I am not interested in the outcome, they have just been on too late with my daughter having to get up so early for school. Where does Ryan Getzlaff get off by starting a brawl in a game with a face shield? I realize he has 54 stitches in his face at the moment, and he was protecting his line mate Corey Perry. Hey does anyone remember this?

 

Doubt I will see this against the Bruins, would not be a very wise decision on Pavel's behalf...

Finally onto the Lions, set to open the season on Monday Night Football against the Giants. Should be interesting, as well as the schedule. Some key notes from their schedule, is they will be playing in London as one of their home games. The Bears on Thanksgiving after a trip to the normally playoff bound Patriots the week before. I am pretty sure that Tom Brady remembers last year in Detroit (even though it was pre-season), and I feel sorry for the Lions because unless some defensive changes are made, he will pick them apart. Drew Brees and Matt Ryan are on the schedule, and who the hell wants to play the Packers Week 18 on December 28th in Green Bay? The NFL schedule makers just couldn't schedule the Packers earlier in the season, and allow the Lions to play them at home that day. Sure hope their playoff lives don't depend on beating them that day.....

The Seahawks-Packers game could be played on a neutral field that day, and that game would be good.

Well that's all I have for the week, please feel free to stop by and leave your comments...

 

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